As famous for its nightlife as its skiing, St Anton is recognised as one of the world’s best ski resorts.
Located in the Alberg region of Tyrol in Austria, St Anton has transformed from a small farming village into a world famous ski resort.
Tourism in the Alberg dates back to the 19th century, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that St Anton became a hub for winter sports. This was primarily due to pioneer Hannes Schneider developing the Alberg technique of modern downhill skiing in the resort. His methods were popularised throughout Europe and the United States attracting many visitors to the region. With excellent transport links, St Anton remains internationally prominent today.
At an elevation of 1305m, St Anton may be considered fairly low lying, but the Alberg region has some of the most reliable snowfall in the Alps. The Alberg ski pass is the largest in Austria, giving access to over 300km of pistes and 200km of off-piste terrain. The pedestrianised village has a friendly atmosphere and retains a sense of authenticity and traditional Tyrolean charm at its heart. With challenging slopes, legendary apres-ski and multiple luxury chalets in St Anton, the resort is hard to rival.
“From traditional Tyrolean cuisine to sophisticated culinary delights, St Anton has no shortage of dining options.”
Served by waiters and waitresses in traditional Austrian dress, eating at Hospiz Alm in St Christoph is both an authentic and a gastronomic experience. With an award winning wine cellar, spectacular views from the large sun terrace and gourmet dishes provided by head chef Daniel Rauter, this restaurant fully deserves its legendary status.
www.arlberghospiz.at / +43 5446 3625
For fine dining on the slopes, Verwallstube at Galzig is in a league of its own. Head chef Bernhard Neuhold creates exquisite dishes including truffle pasta and delicious bouillabaisse. Every Thursday evening the restaurant holds a Candlelit Dinner for those looking for an atmospheric dining experience under the stars.
www.abbag.com/en/winter/restaurants/galzig/ +43 5446 2352-510
A museum by day and a restaurant by night, The Museum serves sophisticated food in intimate and historic surroundings. Using seasonal ingredients head chef Manuel Hoffman serves traditional Tyrolean dishes with a twist.
www.museum-restaurant.at / +43 5446 2475
Located within the m3 Hotel in the centre of the village, Hazienda first opened in 1985. The menu is a fusion of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine and the restaurant is particularly popular for its sumptuous steaks.
www.m3hotel.at / +43 5446 2968
“Arguably home to the best apres-ski in the Alps, St Anton is the place to party.”
Described as ‘The Mother of all Apres-Ski Bars’, MooserWirt claims to sell more beer than any other bar in Austria. From 3.30pm the legendary DJ Guhard gets the party started by playing ‘Final Countdown’ followed by 4.5 hours of Europop, resulting in a terrace packed with revellers.
www.mooserwirt.at / +43 5446 3588
Rocking since 1965, Krazy Kangaruh is now owned by Olympic slalom gold medalist Mario Matt. Open from 10am until 8pm the terrace is transformed into the largest open air dance floor in the Alberg with DJ ‘Party Hard’ providing the anthems.
www.krazykanguruh.com/ +43 5446 2633
The pub-like Piccadilly Bar is located underneath the Hotel Post in the centre of the village. It has a great atmosphere and live music from 4.30pm until 8.30pm. Afterwards, head next door to the Postkeller nightclub and carry on the party until the early hours.
www.hotel-post.co.at / +43 5446 22130
For slightly more laid back apres-ski, head to Bar Cuba for happy hour and sample one of its famous cocktails. Featuring live music and a self service beer tap, Bar Cuba stays open until 3am. It is also an ideal venue for sports fans with a pool table, table football and live sport screenings.
+43 664 6523 886
“Renowned for its demanding slopes, St Anton attracts some of the world’s finest skiers.”
Most of St Anton’s ski area can be found on the northern side of the valley; here Valluga, Galzig and Kapall-Gampen are all linked. Rendel on the southern side can be reached by a gondola from the centre of town. Other linked resorts include St Christoph and the small picturesque village of Stuben.
St Anton is a mecca for expert skiers due to the challenging slopes, extensive off-piste opportunities and steep mogul fields, such as Mattun and Schindler Kar. High altitude Valluga and Stuben are renowned for deep powder and glorious off-piste skiing, whilst the Kapall World Cup Piste provides an opportunity to really get up some speed.
Although not recommended for beginners, St Anton has a number of excellent ski schools and the nursery area at Nasserein is ideal for learning.
Ski School Alberg
Employing over 300 instructors, the Alberg Ski School was founded in 1921 by Hannes Schneider. It offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for beginners to experts. Ski touring and off piste guiding are also available.
www.skischool-arlberg.com / +43 5446 3411
Piste to Powder
Providing off-piste guiding and courses to skiers for over 15 years, Piste to Powder is an English speaking team of enthusiastic professional guides, specialised in helping skiers and boarders hone their technique.
www.pistetopowder.com / +43 664 1746282
“Despite the emphasis on skiing and apres-ski in St Anton, there are a variety of activities to enjoy away from the piste.”
Relax and rejuvenate in this impressive spa and leisure centre. With 3 swimming pools, countless sauna facilities and spa treatments on offer, revitalise and indulge in a luxurious spa experience.
www.arlberg-well.com/ +43 5446 4000
With a descent of 500m, take advantage of the illuminated toboggan run covering 4.3km from Gampen to Rodelstall. The twisty course takes around 15 minutes to complete, unless you stop off for a reviver en-route!
www.skiarlberg.at/arl/east/en/winter/ +43 5446 2352-0
Take a break from the slopes and enjoy an enchanting ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. Wrap up warm under blankets whilst admiring the snowy scene and picturesque valley.
+43 6645 3084-41
Offering indoor and outdoor climbing facilities, arl.rock is a fantastic sports centre located near the railway station. As well as bouldering, there are 65 indoor and 35 outdoor climbing routes to try. The centre also has squash and tennis courts as well as a bowling alley.
www.arlrock.at / +43 5446 30324